The use of AI in big technology creates new possibilities for business.

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For decades, big tech companies have been the hubs of innovation, attracting top talent and monopolizing the pool of tech-savvy professionals. However, as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more sophisticated, these companies are increasingly automating tasks previously performed by human employees, resulting in reduced workforces. Big tech companies are increasingly turning to AI to streamline operations and reduce costs, creating a seismic shift in the global labor market, particularly among developers and programmers.

The shift, driven by the downsizing of tech giants, may seem like a blow, raising fears of job displacement, yet it’s a surplus of skilled workers for traditional industries. Provides a unique opportunity to leverage and advance yourself in the digital age. Skilled workers to transfer their skills to sectors that have long lagged behind in technological adoption.

Historically, sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, and finance have been slow to embrace technological advances, often constrained by legacy systems, bureaucratic inertia, and a lack of technical expertise.

However, with a wave of experienced developers and programmers now available for recruitment, traditional industries have a golden opportunity to fill the technological gap and increase their competitiveness in the digital landscape.

By taking advantage of the talent pool freed up from large tech companies, traditional industries can begin a transformational journey toward automation, data-driven decision-making, and improved efficiency.

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Developers and programmers have invaluable skills in coding, AI integration, and software development, which can revolutionize processes in areas ranging from improving supply chains to enhancing customer experiences.

Additionally, the influx of tech talent into traditional industries fosters a culture of innovation and cross-pollination, drives forward-thinking initiatives and fosters collaboration between technologists and domain experts. This convergence of expertise is essential to unlock the full potential of emerging technologies and catalyze sustainable growth in the digital age.

The integration of AI creates more opportunities.

Additionally, the integration of AI-enabled solutions into traditional industries promises to open up new revenue streams, increase market penetration, and create jobs across skill levels. As companies embrace automation and digital transformation, new roles emerge in areas such as AI strategy, cybersecurity, and data analytics, offering diverse career opportunities for tech professionals transitioning from large tech firms.

However, to fully exploit this skill transfer potential, traditional industries must invest in skills initiatives, foster a culture of innovation, and adapt to the rapidly evolving technological landscape. Agile methodology should be adopted for Governments, academia, and industry stakeholders must collaborate to provide training programs, incentives for innovation, and regulatory frameworks that support the seamless integration of AI technologies.

Finally, the downsizing of big tech companies and the migration of tech talent to traditional industries represents a critical moment for global economic change. Rather than seeing this transition as a threat, it should be seen as an unprecedented opportunity for traditional sectors to embrace digitization, innovate and secure their position in the digital economy of the future. By seizing this critical opportunity, traditional industries can position themselves at the forefront of technological advancements, creating a more resilient and prosperous future for all.

The author is Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science in the College of Management, and a researcher in the field of AI.

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